In fact, such tactics are used by criminals as a form of money laundering.The money sent by the scammers will be in the form of fake or stolen cheques or money orders or will be transferred to victim bank accounts directly from other accounts hijacked via other scams.
It is hoped that victims of dating scams can engage the services of a trusted counsellor, psychologist or friend that can provide emotional support and an outlet for the victim to talk through their feelings.
Some victims, who do not have access to face-to-face support services, report that keeping a diary and writing down their experiences and feelings is helpful.
Family or friends who tried repeatedly to warn their loved one may also feel angry and betrayed by the victim for not being believed or trusted.
Thus, breakdowns in family relationships can occur as a secondary trauma.
Others have found that expressing their painful feelings using the mediums of physical exercise, music or hobbies helpful.